Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – It is that time of year again when big yellow buses and students start making their way back to school, but that is not the only thing motorists will see in school zones. The Mt. Juliet Police Department is going to be out in force ensuring that motorists drive safely on August 1, 2013 as Wilson County Schools begin the new school year.
Many members of the department, including Chief James Hambrick and his Command staff, will be conducting strict enforcement in and around school zones this Thursday and following weeks. In addition to the speed limit in school zones, officers will be focusing on school bus stop-arm violations, the Texting While Driving law, seat belt law, and child passenger safety laws as part of this effort. These enforcement efforts will be done throughout the school year with an increased focus during the first few weeks of school as drivers and students become familiar with the school zones and new traffic flow. Additional officers will be deployed during arrival and dismissal times while students are traveling to and departing from school.
“Extra attentiveness by drivers and pedestrians is extremely important and can save a life,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick, “Regardless of whether or not a driver is in a school zone, I encourage all drivers to monitor their speed when traveling through areas where students may be walking or waiting on a bus as they make their way to the classroom.”
The Mt. Juliet Police Department’s goal is to ensure the safety of our children as they travel to and from school throughout the year, and officers will be out to ensure those who jeopardize the safety of our children are stopped.